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  1. I'm reminded of a story from the early '00's, when a COTR and contractor conspired to avoid DOL-mandated wage increases by strategically reclassifying employees and even demoting them, in order to avoid funding constraints and to make the base "competitive" for receiving repair work. Funny thing, though, that wasn't the behavior that brought them to the attention of the Army CID and IG auditors and GAO auditors and DoJ attorneys, but that behavior surfaced during electronic discovery and interviews. Among other behaviors that were, shall we say, inappropriate. Where was the CO in all this
  2. Okay. With CyndiG having left the building, can we create any value in this thread? Two contract clauses have been referenced here (52.246-2 and 52.246-4). I'd like to explore the concept of "reasonable facilities and assistance." What does that mean in this context? For example, CyndiG the government would like a long-term presence in the contractor's facility where, "a couple of days a week," they will attempt to "'get insight' on how we execute the effort." Does that effort, as described, constitute a reasonable inspection or something else? Is is (perhaps) an attempt to illi
  3. If you are a defense contractor, and not one of the Top 20, then it is possible that program budgets are tight. There are a few major programs that are sucking a lot of money from the trough (hello, F-35). The government's priorities are shifting (hello, hypersonics). These circumstances obviously impact other contractors. On the other hand, if you are a cybersecurity contractor or a high-tech innovator, then you should be doing just fine. I would say that the current environment strikes me as being very much business as usual -- contractors jostling each other for precious program funds.
  4. With respect to labor billed at the contract's hourly billing rates, the contract is effectively a fixed-price contract. Bid the same profit rate you would bid on a FFP.
  5. It depends on the terms of the subcontract. The terms of the subcontract will determine whether the subcontractor can or cannot bill the prime.
  6. On what basis would you charge the government for a seat? What contractual provision permits you to do that? How would you calculate the amount to be billed? Would it include a share of your indirect costs? Profit? Yeah, I'm not seeing it.
  7. Thank you, sir. I was both horrified and grimly amused at how much the 1962 DoD policy changes paralleled -- or, perhaps more accurately, mimicked -- recent DoD policy imperatives. It is nearly 60 years later and, quite literally, nothing has changed.
  8. First, that's really funny and I would love to see a copy of that article. Second, when did you become Kurt Vonnegut?
  9. In my experience and almost without exception, today's CO is there to "protect the government's interests" and has little (if any) desire to act independently.
  10. I just saw an article from National Defense magazine. According to their survey, the most important thin that the Government can do to help the defense industrial base is to "streamline the acquisition process." (35% of respondents) Number two was "ensure budget stability." (32% of respondents) Among other things, the article recommends increasing the SAT to $500,000. I know. We've all been here before. But the National Defense Industrial Association wants to keep the topic in their cross-hairs.
  11. I'm not arguing with you ... but I was interpreting based on the topic under which the question was posted. Interpretation is inherently subjective ...
  12. With respect, I don't think you have a strong understanding of macroeconomics or monetary policy. I mean -- forgive me if you have a Master's in Economics -- I feel as if your assertions are just assertions without a strong factual basis or understanding of causality. For example, the U.S. has had a large deficit for years. It's absolutely true that 2020 was the worst year in a very long time (and maybe ever) from a pure deficit perspective. But the size of the deficient (especially since 2001) has not had a noticeable impact on the Federal government's willingness to spend money. Similar
  13. Let me see if I understand this situation. The contractor received a Stop Work notice and stopped work. The government agreed to reimburse the contractor for its paid leave costs for the idled employees under Section 3610 of the CARES Act. If so, the reimbursement labor should have been burdened with appropriate indirect costs when the reimbursement requests were submitted. Now you want to know if the contractor is entitled to Eichleay damages for the period of time not covered by the Section 3610 reimbursements? Possibly. Where did the idled employees charge during the 30 days? Can
  14. At a contractor, we were evaluating several offers for potential time-sensitive subcontract award. We did not have access to the pricing information. We identified the most technically advantageous offer. (We didn't have adjectival ratings, but we had to describe why that offer was better than the others.) It took the evaluators about a week. A couple of days later we were told that our choice had been dropped from the competition because they were too expensive. Next: which offer was Number Two, and why was it better than the other (remaining) offers? What a waste of time. Again, th
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